'''François Rabelais''' (;
[[http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/rabelais,+françois "Rabelais, François"]. ''The The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language|American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy''.]
; between 1483 and 1494 – 9 April 1553) was a French Renaissance
writer, physician, Renaissance humanist
, monk and ancient Greece|Greek
scholar. He has historically been regarded as a writer of fantasy, satire, the grotesque, bawdy jokes and songs. His best known work is ''Gargantua and Pantagruel
''. Because of his literary power and historical importance, Western literary critics consider him one of the great writers of world literature and among the creators of modern European writing.
His literary legacy is such that today, the word ''Rabelaisian'' has been coined as a descriptive inspired by his work and life. Webster's Dictionary|Merriam-Webster
defines the word as...